From Africa’s ‘fast-surging’ third wave of COVID-19 to USD $40 billion for gender equality at the Generation Equality Forum

The World Health Organisation (WHO) made a fresh appeal for more COVID vaccines for Africa, as a ‘fast-surging’ third wave of Covid-19 outpaces efforts to protect populations, ‘leaving more and more dangerously exposed.’

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says a large number of poorer countries receiving Covid-19 vaccines through COVAX do not have enough doses to continue their vaccination programmes.

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Cuba and Mexico have committed to open licensing their domestically developed COVID-19 vaccines, and Venezuela has proposed creating a tech-sharing platform that could run in parallel with the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Technology Access Pool at the Summit for Vaccine Internationalism, a summit organised by countries from the global south in response to the ‘inadequate’ COVID supports agreed by the G7.

Related: New tech hub aims to boost access to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in Africa


Donors have pledged USD $40 billion in funds to promote gender equality at the Generation Equality Forum convened by UN Women in Paris.

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UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called for concerted action to recover from ‘the most wide-reaching and severe cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes’ at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47th session.

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has been re-appointed for a second-five year-term by the UN General Assembly.

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A leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s next report shows climate scientists are increasingly concerned that global heating will trigger tipping points in Earth’s natural systems leading to widespread and possibly irrevocable disaster, unless action is taken urgently.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for countries to agree a global carbon price floor of USD $75 per tonne of carbon dioxide to ensure companies with high greenhouse gas emissions are made pay for the carbon they produce.

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Australia has been ranked last out of 193 United Nations member countries for action taken to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in the Sustainable Development Report 2021.

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A Belgian court has ruled the Belgian government’s failure to meet climate targets is a violation of human rights, though judges rejected the plaintiff’s demand that the courts enforce tough new carbon-cutting targets on the state, saying this would breach the separation of powers.

Related: French court orders government to act on climate in next nine months


A new study warns business could face a new wave of litigation over their carbon emissions as new science makes it increasingly possible to attribute the damages of climate breakdown more directly to companies’ activities.

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UNESCO says Australia’s Great Barrier Reef should be placed on to a list of world heritage sites that are ‘in danger’ and urged the Australian government to take ‘accelerated action at all possible levels’ on climate change.

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Devex provides an overview of the key trends emerging from the UN Global Compact 2021 Leaders Summit.

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Devex talks to Daleep Singh, US President Joe Biden’s deputy national security adviser for international economics, about the new ‘Build Back Better World (B3W) infrastructure plan the G7 announced at last month’s summit in Cornwall.

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The African Development Bank says the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the risk of debt defaults in Africa as the crisis increases debt burdens while worsening poverty and widening inequality.

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The African Development Bank says the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the risk of debt defaults in Africa as the crisis increases debt burdens while worsening poverty and widening inequality.

Related: Sudan clears IMF hurdle on debt relief but faces long road ahead


A new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF warns ‘billions of people around the world will be unable to access safely managed household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services in 2030 unless the rate of progress quadruples’.

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The Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving, a new coalition of philanthropies, individual donors, and academics, is pushing U.S. lawmakers to pass legislation to impose deadlines on how long funders can keep money in ‘donor-advised funds’ (DAFs), a move that could unlock billions in funding for NGOs.

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